After a week of legal proceedings, Ben Stokes was unanimously considered innocent by the jury and then added to the English team for the third test against India. British General of England arrested on suspicion of causing personal injury and accused after the incident outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol last September.
After playing an outstanding role in England’s victory in Edgbaston, Stokes owing to courtroom trial lost the victory over India at Lord, which allowed England to win 2-0 in the five-game series. Shortly after this victory in the capital, the ECB announced that Stokes had not been selected for the third match in Nottingham, awaiting the outcome of the Bristol Crown Court trial.
Following the decision of the jury, the ECB confirmed that Stokes was added to the English team for the Trent Bridge test on August 18, but it is not yet known whether he will be included in the playing eleven after an impressive performance of Sam Curran and Chris Woakes so far in this series.
The ECB also confirmed that the Cricket Discipline Commission would initiate disciplinary proceedings against Stokes and Alex Hales, who also drawn in, in last year’s incident. A spokesperson for the ECB said, “Now that the law process is over, the disciplinary proceedings for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be planned by the Cricket Discipline Commission.”
The trial in Bristol began on August 6 and saw that Stokes was the main culprit in the events that took place last year and that would have acted out of spite. During the trial, he was accused of lying to the jury and exaggerating his version of the story to justify his behavior. Stokes reiterated and was defiant that he had punched Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali in an act of self-defense.